Embrace the Rainbow

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June is Pride Month and this year we’re seeing big brands embrace the rainbow more openly than ever before. Multicolored logos, unique hashtags, and brand collaborations are popping up with limited-edition looks and collections of brightly colored wares to support the LGBTQ+ community. Designers and independent retailers have openly worn this issue on their sleeves in the past but larger corporations are now starting to throw their weight behind the cause with special campaigns and initiatives with, well, pride.

The Pride Shake at Shake Shack

Shake Shack is pledging $25,000 to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. All proceeds from their retail collection will be contributed to this donation.

Check out a few of the brands we’ve highlighted in this post, not just for their great Pride products but for their commitments to supporting equality and inclusivity, and know that you can trust your purchase will put its money where its mouth is.

Macy’s Pride + Joy

Macy’s is helping to raise awareness and critical funds to support The Trevor Project’s efforts to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Madewell x Human Rights Campaign ‘Love to All’ Pride Tee

Madewell is proud to donate 50 percent of the purchase price of this rainbow tee to the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to ensure LGBTQ people are safe, equal and free in every community.
Pride Unicorn Pool Float by SunSquad at Target

Target partners with organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community, including financial contributions and team member volunteerism, throughout the year. And in celebration of Pride month, Target will contribute $100,000 to support GLSEN.

Instagrammable Spots in NYC

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Need to post a gorgeous Instagram picture? Yes?! Well, we have found the most instagrammable spots in the big apple. 🍎 These places are guaranteed to elevate your Insta-game! Stop by these spots in your next Instagram post:

Sézane L’Appartement: This spot is covered with vibrant florals and a pastel bike that will make your next picture POP!

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254 ELIZABETH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012

 

Pietro Nolita: Think PINK. This spot is known for everything pink! You have to pay $1 to take a picture in front of this heart backdrop 💕, but it is well worth it. 

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174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

 

MET Steps: Channel your inner “Gossip Girl” and snap a picture on these iconic steps! xoxo 💋, -DW

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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

 

Angel Wings: These wings will make you feel like an angel! Created by artist, Kelsey Montague, this mural is truly angelic. 👼

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250 W 52nd St New York, NY 10019

 

Audrey Hepburn: Tristan Eaton created this colorful visual of the legendary Audrey Hepburn. 

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176 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013

 

So what are you waiting for? Share your pictures with us @designworksinternational!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

5 Red Carpet Fashion Trends to Try in Your Home | Real Simple

real-simple-logo.pngNancy Fire & Design Works International were featured this week in Real Simple!

Immediately after the Emmy’s, Real Simple editors checked in with Design Works International to see what trends on the Red Carpet would be showing up in home design this season.

Click on this link for the full article:

 5 Red Carpet Fashion Trends to Try in Your Home | Real Simple

 

Here are 3 out of the 5. Check the article for our other 2 favorites! 

 

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

Hashtags & How to Use Them

“Use of a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#)to identify messages on a specific topic” is the definition of a hashtag given if you search online. The concept is simple, in fact so simple, sometimes it’s confusing. Just think about what YOU might search for when adding hashtags and simply put the “#” in front of it.

Here are a couple “broad” hashtags. #home #art #textiles. And a few “refined” hashtags. #modernlivingroom #streetart #digitalprintedtextiles. Finally, some specific hashtags. #hgtvhome #keitharing #first2print

As you can see the hashtags all fit within three basic areas, but guide the search to different things. Specific hashtags would be for companies, people, subjects, etc. that people are aware of and would have an audience already. Refined hashtags will help people who are trying to find something a bit more direct. Broad hashtags will give you the largest number of results.

Sample

This beautiful image is an excellent example as it could be tagged with many things; #tile #ethnic #brightcolor #handbpainted #inspiration #quilt #geometric, so this example would be found by lots of searchers. We could then get specific by tagging things like #designworksintl #first2print #fabricdesign #textileinspiration.

So make sure you tag your photos so the right people find them in places like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can even add our “#designworksintl” hashtag to your images and we could see your images!

Looking for the latest trends?

`Nancy is live in Germany at Heimtex RIGHT NOW! Soon she will be in Las Vegas and she’ll be posting from everywhere!

For the latest trends in textiles, wallpaper, bedding, and art for the Home Industry follow Nancy on all her social media sites.

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